2023 Employee Benefits
The City of Jackson offers health insurance coverage to all eligible employees and retirees.
Eligible employees include all regular full-time employees, all regular part-time employees who work an average of 20+ hours per week, and all school crossing guards employed prior to July 1, 1993, regardless of hours worked. Employees share in the cost of such plans.
Eligible City of Jackson retirees include retirees who are under the age of 65 and their dependents. (Retirees under age 65 entitled to Medicare due to disability and their dependents are not eligible for coverage.) It also includes all City of Jackson Police Officers and Firefighters and their Dependents retired under the 20-year plan who are not eligible for or entitled to Medicare Benefits.
A group dental insurance plan is available for all eligible employees and retirees. The Dental Plan is fully-funded through Delta Dental and paid at 100% by the employee. The City of Jackson reserves the right to change carriers, modify covered benefits, or make any other changes to the dental plan as necessary to serve the best interest of the employees and the City of Jackson.
Holidays -- City offices are closed in recognition of ten (10) holidays each year. The list of holidays may be amended at any time by the Governor or municipal governing authority. Holiday pay does not count as hours worked for calculation of overtime. Specific holidays to be observed are:
- New Year's Day (January 1st)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Third Monday of January)
- President's Day (Third Monday of February)
- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
- Juneteenth (Monday, June 19th)
- Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4th)
- Labor Day (First Monday of September)
- Veteran's Day (Friday, November 10th)
- Thanksgiving Day (Last Thursday of November)
- Christmas Day (December 25th)
Vacation/Personal Leave -- All regular full-time employees will be paid for holidays according to the number of hours each is normally scheduled to work on the day on which the holiday falls. All regular part-time employees will be paid for holidays according to the number of hours each is scheduled to work on the holidays. Note: the Police and Fire Departments have specific procedures regarding accrual and use of vacation leave. Those employees hired under these departments should consult their department handbooks.
Sick Leave -- City employees shall earn annual sick leave benefits on a pro-rated basis and credited to the leave bank of municipal employees during the employee's respective payroll cycle and according to the length of service. Sick leave is leave from work to employees because of illness or injury of a member of employees' 'Immediate family members that requires the employees' attendance and medical, dental and optical appointments.
NEW Paid Parental Leave Policy -- This policy will be in effect for births, adoptions or placement of foster children occurring on or after January 1, 2023. The City of Jackson will provide up to 8-weeks of paid parental leave to employees following the birth of an employee's child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption or foster care. The purpose of paid parental leave is to enable the employee to care for and bond with a newborn or a newly adopted or newly placed child.
Bereavement Leave -- Employees will receive three (3) days of paid bereavement leave to employee's who are confronted with death in the Immediate Family. In addition to the three (3) days of paid bereavement leave, an employee who is confronted with death in the Immediate Family may also use up to two (2) days of sick leave. The City of Jackson recognizes that death may occur in the Immediate Family of employees which require absences from work. Immediate Family Members include: parent, step-parent, spouse, siblings, step siblings, child, step-child, grandchild, grandparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in law.